Here is my second assignment of for my mcad children's book illustration class. We were assigned an age (I got 5), a word (silly) and a location (in the deep woods). The week we were working on this, Joel and the boys were at Danish Family Camp with Joel's parents. One of the fun things that happens at camp is that they hide a Nisse (a wood elf or gnome) statue and give out clues to find it. When the boys called home, Win stubbornly insisted that he had found the Nisse (which of course made Eli mad—because he hadn't—and if he had he should have told). So there was the seed of my story, about a little boy who finds the Nisse and spends the day playing and laughing in the woods with his new friend. Trying to make the character look the right age and trying to get it to feel dynamic were my biggest challenges this time. As usual, a mashup of traditional techniques, tons of scanning, and finally creating the digital artwork.
The next few weeks of class will be spent learning how to concept and storyboard from a manuscript, and creating a final piece of art for that book. I'm using a sweet story written by a dear friend for my final project, so can't wait to share in a few weeks.
Don't forget to be silly!